Jose Mourinho urged Man United not to buy Cristiano Ronaldo this summer

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Juventus star: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho apparently advised the Red Devils board not to try and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer from Real Madrid, The Mirror reports.

The Premier League side were heavily linked with a swoop for their former star before Juventus stepped in and ended the Ronaldo’s nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.

However, it has been revealed that United pulled the plug on any hopes over signing the 33-year-old because of Mourinho.

The Portuguese, who previously worked with Ronaldo when he was Los Blancos boss, apparently felt Real’s £90 million asking price was too much.

Strengthening defence over attack, was also a priority for Mourinho, although that didn’t materialise during last month’s transfer window.

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Watch: Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo 'angry' and 'upset' over player of the year snub

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Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t walk away with the UEFA’s Player of the Year award on Thursday, leaving the star unhappy, according to the Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Ronaldo’s former team-mate at Real Madrid, Luka Modric, instead took home the honours, leaving the Portuguese star disgruntled.

“It is normal that [Thursday] he was angry because last year he scored 15 goals in the Champions League and together with Luka Modric and everyone else at Real Madrid they won the Champions League, so he was very upset but this that he continues to work and he wants to continue to be the best and for us that is an advantage,” Allegri said.

See Allegri’s full comments in the video below.

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Cristiano Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad for Nations League at own request

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Portugal’s record appearance maker and goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Portugal squad for the upcoming Nations League and friendly matches at his own request.

Coach Fernando Santos said on Friday that he had discussed the situation with the Juventus maverick following his summer move from Real Madrid.

“After a conversation I had with the player, who had just signed with Juventus, I decided, given the process of adaptation he needed, that he would not be with us during this window,” Santos said.

Ronaldo has won 154 caps for his country, 27 more than the great Luis Figo, while his 85 goals is 38 more than former striker Pauleta.

He has scored at least 40 goals a season in the last eight seasons at Madrid but has yet to score for his new club.

Portugal, who were knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 by Uruguay, host World Cup finalists Croatia in a friendly in Faro on Thursday.

They then host Italy on September 10 for their first match in the new Nations League, a format UEFA hopes will give a new edge to matches that were previously friendlies.

Just 13 of the 24 Portuguese players selected for the Nations League were at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer, including forwards Bernardo Silva of Manchester City, Goncalo Guedes and Andre Silva.

Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton), Beto (Goztepe), Claudio Ramos (Tondela)

Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton), Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Luis Neto (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pedro Mendes (Montpellier), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), Sergio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards: Andre Silva (Sevilla), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruma (RB Leipzig), Gelson Martins (Atletico Madrid), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rony Lopes (Monaco)

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